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Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

Monday, 04 November 2019 00:00

An ingrown toenail is a fairly common ailment that many patients experience. It is the result of the toenail growing into the skin. This can develop for several reasons, including wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move freely in, and trimming the toenails incorrectly. Some of the symptoms that are associated with ingrown toenails can consist of severe pain, and the affected area may be swollen and red. Additionally, if the nail becomes infected, there may be a discharge that seeps from the nail. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water, and this may help the skin to soften. At this point, it may become easier to gently pull the skin away from the embedded nail. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Weatherford, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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